Rippon Lea's kitchen complex is a time capsule: a rare surviving example of a 19th century kitchen complex. The kitchens were abandoned in the 1930s and offer a glimpse into the lives of those who lived 'below stairs.'
Tours run at 1.00pm, 2.00pm & 3.00pm
The original basement kitchens were enlarged by the Sargood family as part of their 1882 extensions to the original mansion. They remained in full operation 50 years, when a new kitchen was installed on the ground floor of the mansion. Tours of the Victorian basement kitchen includes seven rooms – the Servants’ Sitting Room (which was converted into a Laundry in the 1930s), Scullery, Kitchen and Cool rooms, Meat Store, Pantry and Cellar, and will be led by one the National Trust’s knowledgeable volunteer guides. Enjoy a glass of Mrs Beeton’s House-made lemonade upon arrival.
Free entry for National Trust Members, concession card holders, and children (4-15 years)
Entry to the mansion is via guided tour at an additional $5 per person. Mansion tour times and tickets available from the Gatehouse